Instruction at Rutgers University will remain mostly remote for the upcoming fall semester, as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on. The college made the announcement on Monday (July 6).

After "careful consideration" of all possible plans, the school announced plans for the majority of courses to be offered online for the Fall 2020 semester. A limited number of in-person classes will take place.

The availability of on-campus housing across Rutgers will be extremely limited, the school announced. The suspension of campus events will remain in place this fall as well.

As for athletics, those answers were not as clear immediately. Rutgers says decisions regarding athletic programs will continue to be guided by "state requirements and policies developed by the campuses' respective athletic conferences."

The school consulted with experts and college officials to make the difficult decision for the fall semester. No decisions regarding winter and spring courses have been made yet, they say. 

"We have wanted very fervently to be able to resume some version of a normal semester. But given the continued increase in COVID-19 cases across the country, the near-term outlook for the public health crisis in our state, and the uncertainty about the course of the pandemic, we had to make a different decision," the University's President Jonathan Holloway said in a statement.

Courses that would benefit from direct access to campus facilities will happen in-person (with appropriate safety measures in place). Those courses will be select ones in the arts, laboratory or fieldwork, and clinical instruction.

Chancellors will be communicating those details to the student body later today.

"Because of the ongoing requirements for social distancing and guided by our paramount priority of safeguarding the people of our university community, we determined that most courses this fall will have to rely on remote methods of instruction—delivered both in real-time and asynchronously," the University's President Jonathan Holloway said.

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